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North Korea

North Korea is one of the world’s most isolated countries, and its people face chronic food insecurity and poverty. To prevent food shortages, our conservation agriculture and cooperative farm programs help improve food production and nutrition.

Quick Facts:

  • Population: 24.9 million
  • Working people earning less than $2/day: 60.8%
  • Life expectancy: 70
  • Infant mortality (per thousand live births): 23
  • Age 5 and under mortality (per thousand under 5 children): 29
  • Maternal mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 live births): 81
  • Literacy rate: 100%

Working with local authorities and communities, we have developed a solar-powered, alternative energy and pumping system to provide people with water and electricity.

Targeting the key issues of poverty – limited resources, inequality, and vulnerability – our work in North Korea encompasses food, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, and environmental protection. Food insecurity plagues the nation, and our work in conservation agriculture provides farmers with an environmentally friendly way to increase their crop yields, even on degraded or drought-prone land. In addition to irrigation and farm cooperatives, our food security work also focuses on greenhouse farming and food processing systems to provide food during the winter months.

Access to potable water is frequently inadequate in North Korea and the country faces severe electricity shortages as well. Working with local authorities and communities, we have developed a solar-powered, alternative energy and pumping system to provide people with water and electricity. Additionally, our sanitation and hygeine work aims to reduce the spread of disease and improve environmental health by building latrines and promoting healthy behaviors.